The pupils at The Pines Special School will soon be learning how to grow their own fruits and vegetables athanks to a little help from the McDermotts team.
In July 2018, the school received a derelict allotment plot at Marsh Hill Allotments in Erdington. Despite asking lots of local businesses for their support it was only when McDermotts got involved that the school was able to start the project.
The soon-to-be completed allotment will include a raised grass area to facilitate an outdoor teaching areas well as the growing sections where they have plans to grow pumpkins, rhubarb, strawberries, apples, wildflowers and many more! The children will also learn to harvest and cook what they grow.
Tracey, a parent governor at the school said, “Children and adults living with a diagnosis of autism don’t lack ability, they lack opportunity. The support from Malcolm, Bob, Tony and McDermotts has made such a difference to our project. The allotment will provide so many opportunities for learning, social engagement and community involvement. It will also develop horticulture skills and will positively enhance the mental health of the children.
“Your support on this project means the world to me and the school. It will provide numerous opportunities for children of the school for many years to come and for that we are forever grateful.”